FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Nation's premier occupational safety program celebrates its 30th year
San Francisco - Governor Davis honored the 30th anniversary of Cal/OSHA by issuing a proclamation declaring Oct. 2, 2003 "Cal/OSHA Day." Over 14 million California workers rely on the California Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Cal/OSHA)-a division of the Department of Industrial Relations-to help employers provide a safe and healthy workplace.
Nationally recognized as a pioneer in workplace safety, Cal/OSHA has used aggressive enforcement and innovative incentive strategies to improve workplace safety and health for 30 years, resulting in the lowest incidence of fatalities and injuries to California workers in over a decade. Last year, 478 workers lost their lives on the job in California, down 25 percent from 1997.
"While one life lost is too many, it is important on this occasion, to recognize the significance of Cal/OSHA to the state and honor the dedication, hard work and innovation of its staff," says Chuck Cake, acting director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).
"Cal/OSHA repeatedly demonstrates its leadership by being the first program in the country to adopt new measures to protect employees," says Len Welsh, Cal/OSHA acting chief. "Hazard communication programs for workers using chemicals, ergonomics, smoke-free workplace and anti-needlestick standards are some of the initiatives that set a new bar for workplace protection nationwide," says Welsh.
Other Cal/OSHA highlights include: